Fare: Traditional American
Food Quality: Mediocre, the menu does not offer creative, or special preparation techniques to distinguish itself above other similiar Cape May restaurants
Service: Friendly, attentive, though inconsistent
Decor: Dated, old world basic.
Overall Rating: 2 stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 star = poor to Four stars = Best in Class
Noise Level: Moderate - except on Friday and Saturday evenings when the music is loud.
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy basic steaks and seafood served with a full-service bar and high-definition TV"s for watching Philly sports teams.
Not Recommended For: Budget conscious diners who prefer more casual dining with a larger menu.
Recommended dishes: When available, The Prime Sirloin of Beef; The Pan-Seared Scottish Salmon; and the Char-Grilled Rib Eye.
Liquor: Decent selection of reasonably priced wines and specialty cocktails. Beer selection is limited. Bar scene is busy.
e.m. Hemingway's Restaurant, located in the Grand Hotel across the street from the beach, is popular with guests who enjoy steaks, drinks, and being seated at a table with an ocean front view.
Recognizing that Cape May is known as one of the top Jersey Shore destinations for gourmet dining with a good variety of restaurants serving creative food preparation techniques using locally sourced, fresh farm to table produce --- when compared to other Cape May restaurants in the upscal fine dining category ---- e.m. Hemingway's fails to rise above the level of other similar restaurants in their price range.
The Hemingway's menu offers many traditional American dishes ----- the typical steaks, seafood, and pastas --- with preparation that falls short on creativity, inspiration, and presentation.
Their special Wednesday Prime Rib Night serving Prime Rib of Beef au jus is their popular favorite offered at a reasonble price.
The Bar at Hemingway's is a popular spot for sports fans, especially Philly fans, with six large display TVs, and programming from NFL Sunday Ticket, MLB Extra Innings, Big Ten Network, Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia, and others. They feature six high-definition televisions including programming from Xfinity.
The decor is dated with old world style booths and tables. Walls are adorned with game fish.
Hemingway's Restaurant is open year-round for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
(Updated: May 2023)
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